Redding teen pleads guilty to Alta Mesa Park shooting

May 26, 2015 7:51 PM by News Staff

A Redding teen has pleaded guilty to killing a 20-year-old man at Alta Mesa Park in January of last year.

Raquan Mathews, 19, was facing a first degree murder charge, but that was reduced to second degree murder as part of a plea deal with the Shasta County District Attorney's Office.

Investigators say Matthews shot and killed 21-year-old Thomas Sladek during a drug deal gone bad.

In February, two other suspects, 20-year-old Logan Barnhart and 18-year-old Dillon Ray Sims were sentenced to six years in state prison.

Matthews will be sentenced June 12 and faces 15 years to life in state prison.


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